Vegan powerlifter Hulda B Waage has competed at the Icelandic Nationals and showed again that she’s the strongest woman in the home of strength sports.
It was a difficult competition as there were less entrants than ever before. This meant there was little time between lifts and opportunities to warm up were limited.
“We weren’t going for our best but still managing great results” said Hulda afterwards.
Hulda, weighing in at 82.9kg started with a 230kg squat, equalling her own national record. A quick move to bench saw her lift 142.5 kg. This is a new national record for a powerlifting competition. There has been a single lift of 150 kg in a bench press only competition – and was also Hulda’s.
She went on to squat 180 kg and this gave her a total of 552kg – another national record.
It also gave her a fourth national title.
Hulda has been vegan since 2014.
“I would rather starve when travelling than eating something not vegan” she previously told Great Vegan Athletes. “But when travelling I always take something with me to make it easier. Like Black Bean Pasta, hummus or dried beans and nuts. I take protein powder with me and often dried wheatgrass and chlorella.”
When at home she has much more control. “I eat smoothies with peanut butter, all sorts of ‘superfoods’, tófu, chickpeas and curry, miso, nori and beets and I guess I drink a bit of coffee.”